Odambea Festival - Saltpond
Updated: Sep 5
One of the festivals I was excited to attend this year was Odambea in Saltpond.
I usually spend most of my time here and Kormantse since most of the flag-makers reside in these neighboring towns.
Saltpond has an interesting history; it was the town where Kwame Nkrumah and the Big Six began their freedom fight for the liberation of Ghana. - I want to dedicate a whole post to the town of Saltpond and its significance in how this small town was the birthplace of modern politics in Ghana.
The Odambea festival is celebrated every year at the end of August by the chiefs and people of Nkusukum traditional area; it means 'strengthened link' (of Akan chieftaincy) which was given after the people of Nkusukum migrated from Techiman.
Ex-President John Mahama made an appearance addressing the chiefs and the people of Nkusukum as the special guest of honor.
Every year at the end of August, the Nkusukum traditions celebrate the arrival of the ancestors which involves Ankos masquerading in fancy dress.
The festival was first celebrated nearly 200 years ago, but during this time became meaningless due to a lack of patriotism in the early 20th century.
Nana Essandoh VII who was installed as Omanhene in the 1970s decided to revive Odambea, which has been celebrated every August since.